Social Leaders Murdered in Colombia

Covid-19 crisis masks several separate fatal attacks on community leaders in Colombia.

RIO DE JANEIRO, BRAZIL - NGOs have warned that armed groups are taking advantage of the global Coronavirus crisis to carry out the murders of community and rural activists in Colombia while media and government attention are focused on combating the pandemic. Since lockdown measures were introduced, four social leaders and two indigenous leaders have been murdered.

On Saturday reports of four murders appeared in Colombian media: Alexis Vergara, a trade union representative, was shot dead in Cauca. Municipal Councillor Ivo Humberto Bracamonte was killed near the border with Venezuela. Ángel Ovidio Quintero, who also worked for his local municipality, was . . .

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